The statistics are well-known: Police, paramedics and firefighters are at a higher risk of dying by suicide than the average citizen. LivingWorks suicide prevention training adds a layer of support, within workplace and social networks, which can help first responders with practice and appropriate action plans to help keep their peers and the community safer from suicide.
First Responders’ Readiness to help following LivingWorks Training
Increased readiness to help:
Before training 33% of police officers said they felt ready to prevent a suicide; after training that number increased to 97%.
Better mental health:
After training, one California Fire Department reduced mental health related workers’ compensation claims from $750,000 to $0 over five years.
Skills for the community:
While officers undoubtedly use their skills to support each other, with training they now will help deescalate situations and help save lives in the community.
LivingWorks offers both online and in-person training options to help build your team’s skills in suicide prevention and intervention. Browse our training options below.
A 90 minute, online training that helps learners develop foundational skills to recognize when someone may be thinking of suicide and connect them to further help.
Learn to talk openly about suicide, reach out to someone with thoughts of suicide, and connect them with further support in a half-day, face-to-face workshop. This more in-depth training also allows learners to practice skills and helps to address myths and barriers around suicide.
Recognised as the gold standard in suicide intervention training, LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive and in-person workshop in suicide first-aid. Learners become ready, willing and able to intervene with someone who has thoughts of suicide, and help them develop a safety plan, access help and find hope.
LivingWorks Faith is an online program that empowers Christian faith leaders to increase safety from suicide and minister to those who have experienced suicide loss. Faith training provides hope-centered, safety-focused interventions, and enriches life promoting ministries in support of purposeful living and self-care.
“As a training officer I gained lots of insightful information to improve our own in-house training sessions on suicide and mental health. I feel that all our staff would benefit from this course The course wasn’t about expectations of ‘trying’ to be a counsellor it was about the stages needed to get the person to safety and/or come up with plans to keep them alive.”
“I wish I did it sooner, if I had done it 1 week, 1 month, 1 year or 5 years earlier I would feel I had the skills to confidently be prepared to do a suicide intervention, meeting the needs of the person with suicidal thoughts.”
“We have finished our second ASIST training – everyone who attended had positive feedback and most actually said for the first time they attended a training session and felt they actually got some real-life skills.”
“I have used LivingWorks programs with civilians, friends, family members and fellow officers. Every Law Enforcement Officer deserves these skills.”
Please fill out the following form to receive information about hosting a private face to face workshop for your organisation/community group, or receiving a set of Start online training licenses.